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Weekend Forecast Cancels Horse Races

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Horses and jockeys raced amid the snow and the rain on Friday, but Fonner Park CEO Hugh Miner, Jr. says they won't be chancing it on Saturday or Sunday.

Moisture is not the problem.  Fonner's spring season usually means more than one day of racing in cold, wet conditions, but officials say few horsemen were entering for the Sunday racing card because the bitter cold air that's forecasted is hard on horses and riders.

Fonner Park will still be open for Keno and simulcast racing, but Miner says that's not much consolation for the people who make their living on the track.

"It's not all lost, but by the same token we've got a big family here now with our horsemen and our riders and the grooms and everybody associated to racing, and for them to make their livelihood we have to race," he says.

Miner says Fonner Park would like to make up the two lost days with an extra week of racing at the end of the season.  That decision, however, falls to the horsemen's association.

They will have to decide if they want the extra week, or if they'd rather have more time off before they move on to other states for their racing seasons.

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